May minutes

Minutes

Friends of the Farm Board meeting

Monday, May 30, 2013 4 pm

Ravenwood Boardroom

Present:     Lane MacLaren, Nora Jenkins, Gertie Purdy, Ken MacDonald, Doug MacDonald, Kim Devine, Catherine Hennessey, Connie Mackay Carr, Roger Younker,

Regrets:    Laura Lee Howard, Sylvia Poirier, Libby Martin,

  1. Call to Order

Chair, Lane MacLaren called the meeting to order.

 

2.Approval of the agenda

Connie MacKay Carr moved, Catherine Hennessey seconded the approval of the agenda. Motion carried.

 

3.      Approval of minutes of May 6, 2013

Roger Younker moved, Ken MacDonald  seconded the approval of the minutes of May 6, 2013.  Motion carried.

 

4.      Financial Report

Nora Jenkins reported a bank balance of $6,261.12.  She reported that the books have been delivered to Doug Ezeard of Arsenault, Cameron, Best and Eillis for the annual financial review.

 

  1. Business Arising from Minutes of April May 6, 2013
  • Clean Up the Farm Day

Lane MacLaren thanked Nora Jenkins for the idea and to all who came out to help. It was an excellent morning with a good turn out of 30 people. It is hoped that this will be an annual activity.  The hedgerow that runs parallel to University Avenue is filled with garbage and requires a good cleaning with many hands.

  • Memorial Bench

Connie MacKay Carr reported that she and Libby have planted perennials which were obtained from Ken MacDonald.  Bruce Bennett supplied compost and soil. There is a second concrete slab on which the City may place a second bench.  Connie noted that the garbage can could be improved.  Nora Jenkins has let the Simmonds family know of the bench. Pictures may be taken and sent to the family at a later date.

  • Crown Garden

Doug MacDonald reported that Van Kampen’s will supply 1600 plants at the same cost as last year.  Planting will take place after the 8th of June.

The Friends of the farm are responsible to maintain the Royal Crown.  A schedule was set.

June                                        Lane MacLaren

First 2 weeks of July               Connie MacKay Carr

Last 2 weeks of July               Roger Younker

First 2 weeks of August          Ken MacDonald

Last 2 weeks of August          Nora Jenkins

  • Senator Callbeck Tree

Lane MacLaren contacted Senator Catherine Callbeck to arrange for a photo of her tree planting. She is very willing to come to the Farm and Lane will arrange a date.  Lane will check on the tree and Connie will have the sign made.

  • 2014 Celebration

Word has been received that the Friends of the Farm will be a recipient of $2,000.00 from the 2014 Commission for “Soaring to New Heights”.  Laura Lee Howard will chair a subcommittee to plan the event and members of the committee are Connie MacKay Carr and Kim Devine.  Thanks to Laura Lee for this initiative.

 

  1. New Business
  • Annual Meeting

It was agreed that the annual meeting would be in the fall and that the Board think of guest speakers.

 

7.     Adjournment and date of next meeting

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

The date of the next meeting is at the call of the Chair.

 

 

 

Lane MacLaren                                               Nora Jenkins

Chair                                                               Secretary

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Clean Up Thank You

 Thankyou

Thank you to all who came out to the first Friends of the Farm

Clean Up the Farm Day on Saturday, May 11, 2013.

There were about 30 people all ages that came out and collected many, many bags of litter.  We covered much of the Farm and the Trail. It was satisfying and a lovely walk round the Farm on a pleasant spring morning.

We will do this again next year!

Thanks!

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May Minutes

Minutes

Friends of the Farm Board meeting

Monday, May 6, 2013 1:15 pm

Ravenwood Boardroom

Present:     Lane MacLaren, Libby Martin, Sylvia Poirier, Nora Jenkins, Gertie Purdy, Ken MacDonald, Doug MacDonald

Regrets:    Kim Devine, Catherine Hennessey, Laura Lee Howard, Connie Mackay Carr, Roger Younker

  1. Call to Order

Chair, Lane MacLaren called the meeting to order

 

2.Approval of the agenda

Sylvia Poirier moved, Gertie Purdy seconded the approval of the agenda. Motion carried.

 

3.      Approval of minutes of April 22, 2013

Sylvia Poirier moved, Doug MacDonald seconded the approval of the minutes of April 22, 2013.  Motion carried.

 

4.      Financial Report

Nora Jenkins reported a bank balance of $6,191.47.  She reported that the books are ready for annual financial review and this will be arranged.

 

  1. Business Arising from Minutes of April 22, 2013
  • Memorial Bench

It was suggested that the second concrete pad be moved. Nora Jenkins has not contacted the family as yet.

  • Senator Callbeck Tree

Lane MacLaren will contact Senator Callbeck to arrange for a photo of her tree planting.

 

  1. New Business
  • Clean Up the Farm Day

Letters were emailed or mailed to all members informing of the Clean Up the Farm Day and this was on the City and the Friends of the Farm website.

Doug MacDonald obtained garbage bags from the Women’s Institute.

The City will pick up the garbage bags along the Trail.

Doug MacDonald informed the Research Station of the activity.

  • Royal Crown Garden

Doug MacDonald offered to begin planning for the planting of the Royal Garden and will make arrangements.  Van Kampen’s have been generously supportive in the past .

The Friends of the Farm will be responsible for the maintenance of the Crown Garden.

Gertie Purdy moved, Libby Martin seconded that the Royal Crown be planted and Doug MacDonald is authorized to begin this activity.

Motion carried.

 

7.     Adjournment and date of next meeting

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

The date of the next meeting is at the call of the Chair.

 

 

 

Lane MacLaren                                               Nora Jenkins

Chair                                                               Secretary

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March Minutes

Minutes

Friends of the Farm Board meeting

Monday, March 25, 2013 1:15 pm

Ravenwood  Boardroom

Present:   Lane MacLaren, Catherine Hennessey, Laura Lee Howard, Connie Mackay Carr, Libby Martin, Sylvia Poirier, Nora Jenkins

Regrets:   Kim Devine, Gertie Purdy, Ken MacDonald, Doug MacDonald, Roger Younker

  1. Call to Order

Chair, Lane MacLaren called the meeting to order

 

  1. Approval of the agenda

Sylvia Poirier moved, Laura Lee Howard seconded the approval of the agenda. Motion carried.

 

3.      Approval of minutes of February 15, 2013

Connie MacKay Carr moved, Libby Martin seconded the approval of the minutes of February 15, 2013.  Motion carried.

 

4.      Financial Report

Nora Jenkins reported a bank balance of $6,197.22.

A plant was given to Barb at Island Nature Trust as a thank you for support to the Friends.

 

  1.    Business Arising from Minutes of February 15, 2013
  • Membership

Nora Jenkins reported for Gertie Purdy that there are 6 more memberships paid and that the booth at the farmer’s Market was very worthwhile.  Thanks to Laura Lee Howard and Gertie Purdy.

  • Janice Simmonds Award and planning for presentations.

Nora Jenkins reported that she and Roger are meeting to plan the framed presentation and will present information as soon as available.

It was agreed that the presentation be early June. It will be outdoors at Ravenwood, weather permitting with the Farm Centre as the site in case of rain.

 

 

  • 2014 Celebration

Laura Lee Howard reported that she submitted a proposal to 2014 Celebrations along with letters of support.  It is called Soaring to New Heights  …. Kite Flying on the Farm.  Laura Lee reported support from the Library at UPEI with $300.00, support from the Newcomers Assoc, Parks Canada and Wayne Riley of the Research Station.

Thanks was expressed to Laura Lee for her work on the proposal.

 

  1.    New Business

No new business was brought forward.

 

7.     Adjournment and date of next meeting

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

 

 

The date of the next meeting of the Board of the Friends of the Farm is

Monday April 22, 2013

1:15 pm

 

 

 

 

Lane MacLaren                                            Nora Jenkins

Chair                                                              Secretary

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February minutes

Minutes

Friends of the Farm

Board meeting

1 pm

Friday, February 15, 2013

Ravenwood Boardroom

 

Present:   Laura Lee Howard, Connie MacKay Carr, Gertie Purdy, Catherine Hennessey, Libby Martin, Roger Younker, and Doug MacDonald.

Regrets:   Nora Jenkins, Lane MacLaren, Sylvia Poitier, Kim Devine, Ken MacDonald

  1. Call to Order

Acting Chair, Doug MacDonald called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.

2. Approval of the agenda

Roger Younker moved, Laura Lee Howard seconded the approval of the agenda. Motion carried.

 

3.      Approval of the minutes of January 16, 2013

An amendment to the minutes was put forward. Libby Martin moved, Gertie Purdy seconded the approval of the minutes of January 16, 2013 as revised. Motion carried.

 

4.      Financial Report

No report was presented due to the absence of Nora Jenkins.

 

5.   Business Arising from Minutes of January 16, 2013

  • Membership

Gertie Purdy reported that a letter was sent to the membership requesting renewal and including an update on activities.  To date about $500 worth of membership dues have been received.  Gertie and Laura Lee Howard will have a display at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday in an effort to recruit new members and collect renewals.

  • Janice Simmonds Award

Roger Younker visited Joe MacAskill to discuss the construction of the award designed by Henry Purdy.  The base will be raised one inch in order to include the phrase “Friends of the Farm”. The carved award should be ready by late April or early May.  It was decided that the individual receiving the award will be given a framed citation to keep. Roger Younker and Nora Jenkins will do up an example of what the citation could look like for review by the Board.

  • 2014

Laura Lee Howard contacted Wayne Riley of the Research Station to discuss ideas and a possible application for a 2014 Grant but has not had any reply as yet.

 

 

  1. New Business

 

  •   Meeting with Hon. Gail Shea

Doug MacDonald, Sylvia Poirier and Lane MacLaren attended a meeting with Minister Shea regarding the future of the Farm and ideas for 2014 celebrations.  There was a considerable and good discussion.

 

  1. Adjournment and date of next meeting

 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

 

The date of the next meeting is Monday, March 25 at 1 15 pm at Ravenwood.

 

 

 

 

___________________________                                   _____________________

 

Lane MacLaren                                                                    Nora Jenkins

Chair                                                                                      Secretary

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January minutes

Minutes

Friends of the Farm

Board meeting

1 pm

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Ravenwood Small Boardroom

 

Present:   Laura Lee Howard, Connie MacKay Carr, Gertie Purdy, Catherine Hennessey, Libby Martin, Sylvia Poitier, Roger Younker, Nora Jenkins, Lane MacLaren and Doug MacDonald.

Regrets:   Kim Devine, Ken MacDonald

  1. Call to Order

Chair, Lane MacLaren called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.

 

  1. Approval of the agenda

Sylvia Poitier moved, Catherine Hennessey seconded the approval of the agenda with the addition of the approval of the minutes of October 9, 2012. Motion carried.

 

3.      Approval of the minutes of October 9, 2012

Libby Martin moved, Laura Lee Howard seconded the approval of the   minutes of October 9, 2012. Motion carried.

 

4.      Financial Report

Nora Jenkins reported that the bank balance as of December 7, 2012 is $5,583.92. Of that $3,090.00 is the Janice Simmonds Memorial.  Further bills to be paid are $78.75 for rental of the Farm Centre for Friends of the Farm annual meeting and $173.40 for office expenses for 2012.

 

  1. Membership

Gertie Purdy reported a few memberships have been renewed for 2013.  She suggested that a letter be sent to the membership requesting renewal and also updating members.  Nora Jenkins agreed to assist with the letter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.      Business Arising from Minutes of October 9, 2012

  • Janice Simmonds Award

Roger Younker moved, Sylvia Poirier seconded that Friends of the Farm accept the proposed award designed by Henry Purdy and to be constructed by MacAskills, at an estimated cost of $452.92, to be the Janice Simmonds Memorial Award.

It was agreed that the award would be displayed in a prominent place, likely Ravenwood.  The description would be attached and displayed and be visible. It was also agreed that the name “Friends of the Farm” be visible.

The time for presentation would be spring and the date will be picked at the February meeting.

Two ideas were presented to be the small gift which would be given to the recipient.  One could be a picture of the award and the criteria which would be mounted. The second a framed picture of Ravenwood done by Clair Perry.

It was agreed that the decision would be made at the February meeting.

Connie MacKay Carr moved, Doug MacDonald seconded the approval of the criteria of the Janice Simmonds award which were circulated in November.  Motion carried.

Nora Jenkins agreed to investigate the cost and doing of the first suggestion.

 

  • Memorial Bench

The Memorial Bench has been bought and will be installed in the spring. It was agreed that there would be planting around the bench and this will be arranged with Nancy McMinn of Parks with the City.

 

  • Website update

Connie MacKay Carr  informed that she welcomes any information for the website.

 

  • 2014

Doug MacDonald informed and circulated information regarding a 2014 Farm Centre proposal.

Doug will send a letter of support from the Friends of the Farm to the Farm Centre.

Ideas were discussed regarding a 2014 project for the Friends of the Farm, the goal being to create activity on the Farm, possibly a Kite Flying Day.

Laura Lee Howard agreed to contact Wayne Riley with the Research station to discuss ideas and a possible application for a  2014 Grant.  She will bring information to the February meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. New Business
  • Report of meeting with Gayle Arsenault

Lane MacLaren reported on a meeting with Dr Maria Rodriguez, Gayle Arensault, Wayne Riley, Doug MacDonald and himself.

In the meeting Dr Rodriguez expressed support for the Friends of the Farm initiatives.  She reinforced that the Farm is a worksite and also that all concerns should be brought to Gayle Arensault or herself.

She informed that there is a two year lease with the Coast Guard for a building on the property and that there will be a fence around the building.

It was agreed that the Farm staff would continue to plant the Royal       Crown and the Friends of the Farm maintain.

It was agreed that it was a positive meeting.

 

 

 

  1. Adjournment and date of next meeting

 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

 

The date of the next meeting is Monday, February 4 at 1 15 pm at Ravenwood.

 

 

 

 

___________________________                                   _____________________

 

Lane MacLaren                                                                    Nora Jenkins

Chair                                                                                      Secretary

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Annual Meeting

FRIENDS OF THE FARM (P.E.I.) INC.

ANNUAL MEETING

Farm Centre, University Avenue

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

7 P.M.

1. Call to Order

Acting Chair, Lane MacLaren called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone to the meeting. Lloyd MacLeod, Honourary Chair, and Bert Christie, past Board member, were recognized.

2. Approval of Agenda

Kim Devine moved, Bert Christie the approval of the agenda. Motion carried.

3. Approval of the minutes of the 2011 annual meeting, November 21, 2011.

Sylvia Poirier moved, Libby Martin seconded the approval of the minutes of the previous annual meeting on November 21, 2011. Motion carried.

4. Review of the years activities

Lane Mac Laren, acting chair, reviewed the activities of the Friends of the Farm of the past year. He highlighted the Crown Garden which was planted again this year, and he expressed appreciation to Doug MacDonald who volunteer’s considerable time to making sure the garden is planted and who arranges with VanKampen Nursery to obtain plants at half price. It was pointed out that staff of the Experimental Farm plant the Crown Garden but do not maintain and that volunteers with Friends of the Farm will need to do this another year.

Mr MacLaren noted the presentation which was organized in the spring for the public with Kevin Garvey about early and present day apple growing on Prince Edward Island with particular note on the apple orchard that stood on the Experimental Farm.

Noted as well is the revamped website for the Friends of the Farm which is kept up to date thanks to Connie MacKay Carr. And that there have been meetings with the City of Charlottetown, management of the Research Station and the Hon. Gail Shea with the purpose to continue to advocate for the Farms future as green space.

 

5. Financial Report

Nora Jenkins, Secretary Treasurer, circulated the financial report/review for the year April 2011 – March 2012. Nora Jenkins moved, Lloyd MacLeod seconded, the adoption of the financial review as presented by the accountant firm of Arsenault, Best, Cameron and Ellis. Motion carried. Nora Jenkins moved, Sylvia Mulligan seconded that Arsenault, Best, Cameron and Ellis be the accountants for the financial review for the Friends of the Farm for the year April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013. Motion carried.

6. Membership Report

Gertie Purdy, Membership Chair, thanked members for support and reported that there are 340 members of the Friends of the Farm. Gertie Purdy moved, Doug MacDonald seconded the adoption of the membership report. Motion carried.

7. Nominating Committee Report

Sylvia Poirier presented the nomination report: Chair Lane MacLaren, Vice Chair Doug MacDonald and board member to fill vacancy, Laura Lee Howard. Ms. Poirier called for nominations from the floor. There being none, she moved, Roger Younker seconded the adoption of the nominating report.

8. Remembering Janice Simmonds

Lane MacLaren paid tribute and made remembrance of Janice Simmonds, Board Chair, who passed away on Monday, May 28. He noted that Janice displayed a strong passion for the Charlottetown Experimental Farm property and continued to contribute as board chair during her illness. Mr. MacLaren expressed Janice’s love for the environment which went beyond the farm property, that she truly loved the outdoors, fresh air and open green spaces.

The love Janice showed for nature was very strong, however her love for family and friends was by far her greatest passion. The Simmonds/ MacEachern families have lost a cherished family member. As we move forward together it will be important to remember Janice and draw inspiration from her as we continue in our daily lives. Janice’s dedication, passion and positive attitude will continue to motivate our board members as our work continues”.

Mr. MacLaren then announced that The Friends of the Farm Board have decided to establish “The Janice Simmonds Memorial Award” . This award along with the memorial bench, which will be placed on Confederation Trail on the Farm, are made possible by donations made to the Janice Simmonds Memorial Fund. The award is being designed by Friends of the Farm member and artist, Henry Purdy, and will be presented in the spring 2013. Criteria for the award was circulated and is as follows:

 

Janice Simmonds Award

An award established by the Friends of the Farm (PEI) Inc. to honour an individual, group, or agency who/which has made a significant contribution to the creation, protection, preservation, or management of public green spaces on Prince Edward Island, including but not limited to the land within the City of Charlottetown commonly referred to as “The Experimental Farm”.

Purpose

To support the work of individuals or groups who are involved in the creation, protection, preservation, or management of public green spaces on Prince Edward Island

To recognize outstanding efforts and advocacy which have resulted in the creation, protection, preservation, or management of public green spaces on Prince Edward Island

To encourage award recipients and others to continue their efforts to enhance the importance and benefits of public green spaces for the people and the natural environment of Prince Edward Island

Potential Recipients

Individuals or groups who have successfully lobbied or advocated with government bodies for the establishment or preservation of pubic green spaces

Individuals or groups who have raised the public consciousness regarding the importance and value of green spaces through programs or publicity efforts

Individuals or groups who have done research or written documentation related to existing or potential public green spaces and/or to the value and importance of green spaces to the public and to the natural heritage of Prince Edward Island

9. Introduction of Guest Speaker

Kim Devine introduced guest speaker, Catherine Hennessey, who addressed the topic Ravenwood – An Early Estate, A Place in History, A Local Treasure with pictures, much historical information and good wit. Doug MacDonald thanked Ms. Hessessey for sharing her considerable knowledge on the topic. Appreciation was shown.

10. Adjournment

There being no further business the meeting adjourned.

 

Lane MacLaren Nora Jenkins

Chair Secretary

 

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Annual Meeting 2012

The annual meeting of the Friends of the Farm was held at the Farm Centre, University Avenue on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. The guest speaker for the meeting was Charlottetown historian and Friends of the Farm board member, Catherine Hennessey.  Her topic was Ravenwood- An Early Estate, A place in History, A Local Treasure.
Pictured with Catherine Hennessey above is Doug MacDonald, Vice Chair, Kim Devine who introduced Catherine and Lane MacLaren,Chair of the Board of the Friends of the Farm. They are joined as board members by Gertie Purdy, Roger Younker, Connie MacKay- Carr, Libby Martin, Laura Lee Howard, Sylvia Poirier, Ken MacDonald  and Nora Jenkins.  Lloyd MacLeod is honourary chair.  Mr. MacLeod and his family were the last residents of Ravenwood and Mr. MacLeod was in attendance at the meeting.
The Janice Simmonds Award was announced at the meeting. This award will be made annually  to honour an individual, group, or agency who/which has made a significant contribution to the creation, protection, preservation, or management of public green spaces on Prince Edward Island.  The award will be made in the spring.
It was also announced that a bench will be placed on Confederation Trail on the Farm in Janice Simmond’s memory.  Janice was the chair of the Friends of the Farm at the time of her passing, May 28, 2012 and a long time board member who treasured the Experimental Farm and who had a passion and love of the environment.  The award and the memorial bench are made possible by donations made to the Janice Simmonds memorial.
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Annual Meeting 2012

FRIENDS OF THE FARM P.E.I.

 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 

DATE: Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

 

TIME: 7:00 p.m.

 

LOCATION: Charlottetown Farm Center, 420 University Avenue, RM# 105

 

GUEST SPEAKER: Charlottetown Historian Catherine Hennessey

 

TOPIC:

 

RAVENWOOD: An Early Estate, A Place in History, A Local Treasure

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October Minutes

Friends of the Farm Board Meeting
Ravenwood Boardroom
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
1 pm

Present:   Gertie Purdy, Catherine Hennessey, Doug MacDonald, Connie MacKay-Carr, Libby Martin, Lane MacLaren

Regrets: Nora Jenkins Sylvia Poirier, Kim Devine, Roger Younker, Ken MacDonald

1.    Call to Order
Lane MacLaren, Acting Chair, called the meeting to order.

2.    Approval of the Agenda
Connie MacKay Carr moved, Gertie Purdy seconded the approval of the agenda. Motion carried.

3.    Approval of the minutes of  September 13, 2012
Catherine Hennessey moved, Doug MacDonald seconded the approval of the minutes of September 13, 2012. Motion carried.
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4.    Business from previous meeting.
·    Annual Meeting – The date of Tuesday November 6 at 7:00 pm was confirmed for the annual meeting. Lane MacLaren will book the Farm Centre for that evening.  Catherine Hennessey will be the speaker for the meeting and will talk about the history and context of Ravenwood, Ardgowan, and the “Royalities” area; her proposed title for the talk was “Ravenwood: A Royalty Treasure”. Connie MacKay-Carr will arrange for an ad in the newspapers and she and Gertie Purdy will see that an e-mail notification goes out to the membership. Laura Lee Howard was contacted and has agreed to put herself forward as a new nominee to the Board.
·    Report on the Memorial Fund – The criteria for the  Janice
Simmonds Award has been written and Henry Purdy was contacted about designing a lasting plaque. The first award will be given to Lloyd MacLeod at the annual meeting. Bert Christie will prepare and read the citation for the award. Lane MacLaren has also prepared a piece about Janice for the award ceremony.  It was agreed the annual award will consist of a framed copy of the Harris painting of Ravenwood with a hand-lettered inscription on the matting stating: Janice Simmonds Award presented by Friends of the Farm to recipient’s name and year. The Simmonds and MacEachern family will be informed about the award and invited to attend the annual meeting.
·    Planning for the Memorial Fund – Lane MacLaren and Doug MacDonald met with Dr. Rodriguez and Gail Arsenault to discuss the various ideas for a memorial to Janice Simmonds on Farm property.  They were sympathetic about the idea of a memorial but they indicated that anything permanent and immovable or necessitating maintenance on the property would require approval from Ottawa and that this was unlikely to be given as similar requests had been turned down in the past. Connie MacKay-Carr will inform the MacEachern family that their idea for a magnolia grove does not appear possible.
·    It was decided the Friends would pursue a different option and place a memorial bench with plaque on the section of the Rails for Trails that runs through the Farm. A motion to purchase a bench from the City was put forward by Doug MacDonald and seconded by Connie MacKay-Carr and all voted in favour. Perpetual care of the bench and winter storage will be included in the purchase price. It was suggested a perennial flower bed could be planted and maintained by the Friends beside the bench. Lane MacLaren will contact the City to arrange for the purchase of a bench and its placement at the desired location.

5.    New Business
There was a discussion of ideas related to what the Friends of the Farm could do to commemorate the 2014 anniversary and the potential partners in any project.

6.    Adjournment and date of next meeting
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.  The date of the next meeting was not determined.

Lane MacLaren                    Nora Jenkins
Action Chair                        Secretary – Treasurer

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September minutes

Friends of the Farm Board Meeting
Ravenwood Boardroom
Thursday, September 13, 2012
1 pm

Present:     Sylvia Poirier, Catherine Hennessey, Doug MacDonald, Connie MacKay- Carr, Libby Martin, Kim Devine, Nora Jenkins, Lane MacLaren

Regrets:    Gertie Purdy, Roger Younker

1.    Call to Order
Lane MacLaren, Acting Chair, called the meeting to order.

2.    Approval of the Agenda
Connie MacKay- Carr moved, Kim Devine seconded the approval of the agenda. Motion carried.

3.    Approval of the minutes of  June 12, 2012
Libby Martin moved, Doug MacDonald seconded the approval of the minutes of June 12, 2012. Motion carried.

4.    Financial report
Nora Jenkins reported that the Friends of the Farm has a balance of $6,379.55 of which is $3790.00 the Janice Simmonds Memorial.
5.    Business from previous meeting
·    Premier’s Grove – Connie MacKay- Carr showed the plaques that were made for each of the Premiers trees which she will have installed.  All trees are reported to be healthy.
·    “Crown” Garden – Grew well all summer and was enjoyed.
·    Annual Meeting – The date of November 5, 6 are suggested dates at the Farm Centre.  Various ideas were discussed for guest speaker and Catherine Hennessey and Kim Devine will check some possibilities.
Nominations were discussed and it was agreed that Laura Lee Howard and Josh Weale would be asked to join the Board.  Lane MacLaren agreed to serve as Chair and Doug Mad Donald will serve as Vice Chair.
·    Report on the Memorial Fund – Nora Jenkins reported that thank you notes and receipts were mailed to one hundred donors and thanks for help doing this was expressed. It was agreed that the Friends of the Farm establish the Janice Simmonds Award to recognize a person who has advocated for the preservation of the Farm or other green space.  It was agreed that Libby Martin would write criteria for the award.  Nora Jenkins agreed to contact Henry Purdy to consider designing a lasting plaque. It was agreed that the first award would be given at the annual meeting.
·    Planning for the Memorial Fund – Various ideas were discussed including a gazebo or bench by the lily pond, an apple orchard.  It was also suggested that things could change for the Farm and the Friends might wish to take some time deciding. It is understood that the MacEachern family wishes to plant a magnolia grove.  This will be discussed with Dr Rodriguez and Gail Arsenault from the Research Station and will make arrangements for the family to make this memorial. Lane MacLaren will arrange for a meeting with Dr Rodriguez
·    Website – Connie MacKay- Carr appreciates  items being sent to her to upload to the website.  Connie informs us that Alex Price who set up the site and helped considerably has moved to Edmonton.  Nora Jenkins will write a note to thank her and to wish her well.

6.    New Business
Catherine Hennessey suggested that the Friends of the Farm consider how they might commemorate the 2014 anniversary and that an application be made for funding.

7.    Adjournment and date of next meeting
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.  The date of the next meeting is Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at Ravenwood.

Lane MacLaren                    Nora Jenkins
Acting  Chair                        Secretary – Treasurer

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Janice Simmonds Memorial Fund

At the request of the Simmonds/MacEachern family, The Friends of the  Farm have set up a fund in memory of our friend and board member Janice Simmonds. Anyone wishing to donate to the fund may send a cheque payable to The Friends of the Farm PEI  at P.O.   Box 265, Charlottetown, PE. C1A 7K4.

 

 

 

 

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Re-establishment of the Floral Crown

The large floral crown was re-established in 2011 by Friends of the Farm.  Located adjacent to the Royal Grove of trees near Ravenwood House, for many years this had been a regular stop for bus tours of Charlottetown.  It also served as a colourful backdrop for wedding parties and other photo opportunities.  Eventually budget restraints at the Research Station resulted in the removal of the crown.  After an absence of seven years, a number of community-minded companies contributed to building the mound and supplying sod.  And for the second year in a row, Vankampen’s Greenhouses of Charlottetown have provided the almost 1600 plants at a favourable price.  Planted by Agriculture and Agri Foods Canada staff, the result of the co-operative effort is a beautiful addition to the area.

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Pictures

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Historical Photos

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Minutes June 2012

22 Brittany Drive, Charlottetown
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
12 noon

Present:    Ken MacDonald, Gertie Purdy, Libby Martin, Connie MacKay Carr, Lane MacLaren, Doug MacDonald, Nora Jenkins,Catherine Hennessey, Sylvia Poirier,Bert Christie.
Regrets:    Kim Devine,  Roger Younker.

1.    Call to Order
Lane MacLaren, Vice Chair, called the meeting to order. Lane spoke with respect of the passing of the Friends of the Farm Board Chair, Janice Simmonds.
Lane welcomed Bert Christie, past Board member, to the meeting.  Lane thanked Nora Jenkins for hosting the meeting and for arranging lunch.

2.    Approval of the Agenda
Ken MacDonald moved, Doug MacDonald seconded, the approval of the agenda. Motion carried.

3.    Approval of the minutes of May 8, 2012
Ken MacDonald moved, Doug MacDonald seconded the approval of the minutes of May 8, 2012.  Motion carried.

4.    Financial report
Nora Jenkins reported a bank balance of $3,414.44.  She reported a deposit made of $2580.00 from Memorials made in the name of Janice Simmonds.
She noted that the Friends need one more signing authority.
Catherine Hennessey moved, Connie MacKay Carr seconded that Doug MacDonald be authorized to sign cheques for the Friends of the Farm. Motion carried.

5.    Business from previous meeting
·    Premier’s Grove – Lane MacLaren agreed to contact Senator Callbeck to have her tree planted.  Doug MacDonald will check the health of the four trees.  Nora Jenkins will arrange for a replacement of a tree if needed. Connie MacKay Carr will arrange for plaques for the trees.  It was suggested that there be a map of the trees planted.
·    “Crown” Garden – Doug MacDonald reported that 132 dozen plants have arrived from Van Kampen’s who have supplied the plants at half price once again. Planting will take place next week. Nora Jenkins agreed to arrange for a Guardian picture once the plants are established. Doug was thanked for his work on the Crown garden.
·    Rhododendron Garden – Ken MacDonald will arrange for two rhododendrons to be planted. Thanks were expressed to Ken MacDonald for his donation of these plants.
·    Kevin Garvey Presentation – It was agreed that this was a well received presentation that was well attended. Connie MacKay Carr moved, Libby Martin seconded that the Friends of the Farm purchase the DVD that has been prepared by Mr. Garvey on the history of Apple Orchards on PEI. Motion carried.  Nora Jenkins agreed to contact Mr. Garvey regarding the purchase.

6.    New Business
·    Acting Chair – It was agreed that Lane MacLaren, Vice Chair, carry out the Chair duties until the annual meeting.
·    Annual Meeting – It was agreed to set the date later.  It was agreed that thought be given to a guest speaker.  A suggestion was the history of Ravenwood before the Experimental Farm.  Nora Jenkins agreed to contact Ed MacDonald re this topic.
·    Memorials – It was agreed that receipts be written.  Gertie Purdy, Connie MacKay Carr and Sylvia Poirier would look after this task.  A thank you letter would be prepared and Nora Jenkins would organize and carry out the mailing to who made donations to the Friends of the Farm in Janice Simmonds memory.
·    Letter to the Simmonds family – It was agreed that a thank you letter be written to the Simmonds Family for designating the Memorials to the Friends of the Farm.
·    Plan for the Memorial Fund – It was agreed that the memorial donations be placed in a separate bank account. It was agreed that the Simmonds family be kept informed. It was agreed that decisions regarding the memorial funs not be rushed and choose the possible date of one year anniversary. It was agreed that discussion of ideas take place with Dr Rodriguez, Director of the Research Station. Lane MacLaren and Connie MacKay Carr will arrange a meeting with her.
Several suggestions were made – Iron gateway, gazebo by the lily pond, apple orchard, an annual award in Janice Simmond’s name to recognize someone who advocates for green space and the environment.  The award could be made at the annual meeting and a fitting first recipient could be Lloyd MacLeod.
It was agreed to spend some time in thought and discuss at future    meetings.
·    Charitable Status – It was agreed that gaining charitable status is              very long and involved and has been discussed in the past. It was agreed to leave status as is and donors notified in the letter.
·    Website – It was agreed that Connie MacKay Carr place items on the website. Members are to send articles to her.

There being no further business the meeting adjourned.

7.    Adjournment and date of next meeting.

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Janice Simmonds

On Monday May 28, 2012 the board of The Friends of the Farm were deeply saddened to learn of the
passing of Janice Simmonds. Janice was a long serving member of the board and in recent years served
as board chair.
The passion and love for the environment in particular the Charlottetown Experimental Farm was
evident in any project she undertook.
As a board we have lost our chair person, but more importantly we have all lost a dear friend. Janice’s
dedication, passion and positive attitude will continue to serve as an inspiration as our work continues.
The board of The Friends of the Farm extend our sincere condolences to Janice’s husband Percy and
the entire Simmonds / MacEachern families .
“Keep your faith in all beautiful things; in the sun when it is hidden, in the spring when it is gone.”

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Kevin Garvey(left) is pictured with Nora Jenkins and Lane MacLaren, members of the Board of the Friends of the Farm.

The Friends of the Farm hosted a public lecture by Kevin Garvey entitled “The History of Apple Farming on P.E.I. and the Art of Growing Apples,” on Wednesday, May 23, 7 pm, at the Farm Centre, University Avenue. Mr Garvey has researched extensively the apple growing indistry on PEI. He described the early apple orchards on PEI, informing that there was once an apple orchard on the Experimental Farm and at the turn of the 20th centruy there were 200,000 apple trees on PEI. He also described the process of devloping an apple orchard and where the present day orchards can be found.

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